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June 23, 2016 - 10:22am
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CAIRO (AP) — Egypt has received the first of two French-made, Mistral-class helicopter carriers purchased last year in an effort to upgrade its navy.

The carrier sailed on Thursday into Egypt's port city of Alexandria, where a ceremony was held. The vessel has been christened Gamal Abdel-Nasser after Egypt's nationalist president during the 1950s and 1960s.

The second, identical vessel will arrive in September. Cairo is said to be planning to...

June 23, 2016 - 9:56am
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BERLIN (AP) — German authorities say an elderly man in Bavaria has recovered his fortune, which he'd hidden at home for safety only to have recent floods make the building uninhabitable.

Police in the town of Simbach am Inn said Thursday the 81-year-old initially told them he'd hidden the money in his house, which is now in danger of collapse. When they didn't find it there, he told them he had buried the cash in the garden. They brought in heavy machinery to dig through...

June 23, 2016 - 9:24am
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BERLIN (AP) — The Berlin State Library is returning 384 books, magazines and other publications dating back to the 18th century to a Freemason Lodge after determining they were stolen by the Nazis in the 1930s.

Matthias Bohn, the head of the Johannis Lodge "Teutonia zur Weisheit" in Potsdam, said Thursday the books were important for the history of his organization, and contained "the stamps and traces of their previous owners."

The Potsdam lodge,...

June 23, 2016 - 8:57am
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DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The World Health Organization says it will carry out emergency yellow fever vaccination campaigns along the border between Angola and Congo amid fears of a mounting epidemic.

The WHO also said Thursday it will vaccinate people next month in the Congolese capital of Kinshasa, where experts worry the mosquito-spread disease could spread rapidly.

Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, the agency's regional director for Africa, says WHO is "working...

June 23, 2016 - 8:55am
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NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — An Egyptian hijacker who's fighting his extradition says Egypt's military-backed government "must have tortured and murdered" an Italian doctoral student who he claims he saw being interrogated in a Cairo prison.

Seif Eddin Mustafa told a Cypriot court Thursday he hijacked the domestic EgyptAir flight in March intending to seek asylum in Italy in order to "point the finger" at Egypt's "fascist regime."

Mustafa said he caught a...

June 23, 2016 - 8:52am
2 days 3 hours ago

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media say a powerful tornado has killed 51 people and destroyed a large number of buildings in the eastern province of Jiangsu.

The reports said the tornado formed near the city of Yancheng on Thursday. They said large numbers of people were injured and roads were blocked.

Southern and eastern China have experienced weeks of torrential rain and storms that have caused widespread flooding and a number of casualties....

June 23, 2016 - 8:43am
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AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — An international aid official says 32 trucks have left for the Syrian-Jordanian border to deliver water to tens of thousands of Syrian refugees who have been cut off from aid since earlier in the week.

He says Thursday's shipment marks the first confirmed attempt to send water from Jordan to the stranded refugees since Jordan sealed the area in response to a deadly attack on its troops Tuesday.

He spoke on condition of anonymity...

June 23, 2016 - 8:40am
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BRUSSELS (AP) — A Belgian appeals court on Thursday upheld a judge's ruling that Paris attacks suspect Mohamed Abrini can be extradited to France to face justice there.

Belgian prosecutors have said they don't expect Abrini, 31, to be handed over to French authorities anytime soon. He is also being investigated for his links to the suicide bombers who struck the Brussels Airport and subway March 22, killing 32 people.

"No additional information will...

June 23, 2016 - 8:16am
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PARIS (AP) — The Latest on Europe's response to the influx of migrants and asylum seekers (all times local):

6:55 p.m.

The Italian navy says a new wave of migrant smugglers' boats that set out from Libyan shores and needed rescuing includes 31 rubber dinghies.

The rescue operations are part of efforts that on Thursday alone saw some 4,000 migrants saved, according to the Italian coast guard.

A navy statement...

June 23, 2016 - 8:10am
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VIENNA (AP) — An estimated quarter of a billion people between the ages of 15 and 64 years, abused at least one drug in 2014 but that figure and the number of drug-related deaths have remained relatively steady over recent years, according to a U.N. report published Thursday.

At the same time, the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime report said that the number of heroin users in the United States in 2014 was nearly triple that of 2003 with five times as many deaths related to...

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